Waffle House Bans Guns
Audio Recording of Open Carry Alabama to Waffle House, May 2012
July 30, 2013: We spoke with someone in the Waffle House corporate communications office. She refused to be quoted and identify herself or her title other than by her first name, Kelly.
She told us they ban firearms in every location, except for law enforcement. She believes all locations are posted as gun free zones.
We asked her how well she thought their “No Guns” policy was working given the armed robbery action they’d seen in Atlanta this week. After all, their policy didn’t prevent the robber from bringing his gun in to rob the place. She understood the point of the question and had no answer, other than to say that one of the good guys was an off-duty police officer. While that is true, the man that actually was able to draw his gun and shoot the robber is not law enforcement. He’s a friend of the off duty cop – an off duty security guard not associated with Waffle House. Based on Waffle House policy he is not allowed to possess a gun there, just like the rest of us. Waffle House owes that man a bit of gratitude for being appropriately armed and trained with his firearm.
We asked if they would consider changing their policy in light of recent events, to at least allow permitted concealed carry. She could not comment on that, but speculated that people in the legal department may possibly be having those discussions.
We encourage everyone to let your voices be heard. Remind them that the criminal was not deterred by their policy and may have even been enticed by it. Remind Waffle House that the man that shot the robber was not a police officer and may as well have been any one of us, if they’d allow us to carry there. Would they have preferred if he respected their “no guns” policy and not dined there that night? How about the rest of their law abiding customers?
Waffle House Inc.
5986 Financial Drive
Norcross, GA. 30071